Christmas a time for family

Well, yesterday was one hectic day.  Greg and I got up to head over to his Granmother Dot’s for CHristmas lunch at the Astor House.  We joked, talked and gave her Christmas gift.  Her Friend Olive joined us, who is a spitfire at 99.  She had already headed out with family for a morning breakfast in Newburg and then rushed back to make sure Dot was okay and not eating alone.  Wonderful lady who also taught in a one room school house in the midwest.
Next stop was to my Godfather RB and his wife Jan.  It was great to see tham and they are still volunteering with St. Mary’s Cross country ski team.  This is the 9th year!  What dedication, plus it makes it so they can’t take vacations.  RB is off on Jan 4th for a 3 week bike tour through Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.  He is crazy as they average over 100 miles a day and that is tough on normal roads.  Imagine that on dirt and rough roads.  We also met RB’s Mom who is up from San Louis Obisbo.
After that we headed to my brother’s new house to celebrate Christmas with the kids and my Mom.  Love their new 5 bedroom 2.5 bath house.  They are very happy and each kid has their own bedroom now, very exciting when you are 5,3, and 9 months!  My Mom of course had to do all the cooking but my brother threw is some Vietnamese Steak from the grill to mix in with the Turkey and dressing.  Never a dull moment at the Johnson’s.
We missed Pam, Gordon, Bryan, Christina, Gordy and Lily as they were celebrating in Seattle.  We will see them next week when we begin our house hunting in Bellevue.  USA here we come back home and now this blog will get a little boring as I will only have monthly escapades around the world and not weekly.  Happy Holiday’s All and hope 2010 brings much joy and happiness in your lives.

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